Tuesday - August 11, 2020
U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Ohio Newsletter for Sunday August 04, 2019 ( 51 items )  

'Do Right and Feed Everyone?': Fudge Blasts Proposed SNAP Rule in Letter to USDA
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, chairman of the House Agriculture subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations, issued the following news release: In a letter (https://agriculture.house.gov/uploadedfiles/0184_001.pdf) to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Friday, Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Chair of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations, expressed her strong opposition to a proposed rule   more

Ahead of President's Cincinnati Visit, Brown Calls on Trump to Deliver on His Promises to Support Ohio Infrastructure, Workers
CINCINNATI, Ohio, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - President Has Failed to Keep His Promises to Replace Brent Spence Bridge, Invest $1 Trillion in Infrastructure Brown Calling on Trump to Support His Bipartisan Bridge Bill, Buy America Legislation * * * Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) called on President Trump to keep his promises to Ohio workers and commit to meaningful investments in Ohio infrastructure. During his campaign, Presiden  more

At Committee Hearing, Portman Highlights Need to Change Immigration Laws
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: At a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) discussed the ongoing humanitarian crisis at our southern border and stressed the importance of finding solutions that reduce incentives for migrants to make the dangerous journey to the southern border, often with traffickers and human smugglers. Portman recently visited the southern border where he saw the  more

At Committee Hearing, Portman Highlights Urgent Need for Congress to Pass the US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today at the Senate Finance Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) highlighted the economic benefits of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) Trade Agreement, which will help American workers, farmers and manufacturers. Portman supports the more modern USMCA to the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in part because it includes new and enforceable environmental and labor standards, a new  more

Bipartisan Carper, Portman Bill to Modernize Constituent Services Passes Senate, Heads to President's Desk
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation would make it easier, more efficient for constituents to interact with their elected representatives * * * Last night, the U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan Creating Advanced Streamlined Electronic Services for Constituents (CASES) Act of 2019. The legislation, introduced by Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), would update and streamline the casework privacy release  more

Bipartisan Portman, Carper Bill to Modernize Constituent Services Passes Senate, Heads to President's Desk
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation Would Make it Easier, More Efficient for Constituents to Interact With Their Elected Representatives * * * Last night, the U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan Creating Advanced Streamlined Electronic Services for Constituents (CASES) Act of 2019. The legislation, introduced by U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tom Carper (D-DE), will update and streamline the casework privacy release form   more

Brown Blasts Trump Proposal That Would Weaken Protections for Victims of Housing Discrimination
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Administration Seeks to Weaken Protections that Help People Seek Justice * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today blasted the Trump administration's reported proposal that would make it harder for victims of housing discrimination to bring lawsuits forward. The Department of Housing and Urban Development's 2013 "disparate impact" rule formalized HUD's longstanding prohibition against practices  more

Brown Leads Senators Urging VA Secretary to End Anti-Worker, Anti-Union Negotiation Tactics
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - VA has Gone around Workers & Employed Delay Tactics; Brown Says Failing to Negotiate in Good Faith Threatens Quality of VA Services Provided to Veterans * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today led a group of his Democratic colleagues urging Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie to abandon the Department's current destructive approach to ongoing negotiations with the Americ  more

Brown Takes to Senate Floor to Demand End to Tax Breaks for Opioid Ads
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - As Reports Reveal Drug Companies Inundated Communities with Highly Addictive Drugs; Senator's Bill would Stop Pharma from Getting a Tax Write Off for the Ads they Use to Push Drugs on Consumers * * * Last week, as a part of a lawsuit unfolding in Cleveland, a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) database was made public and revealed that drug companies inundated the U.S. with 76 billion highly  more

Brown Takes to Senate Floor to Demand End to Tax Breaks for Opioid Ads
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator's Bill would Stop Pharma from Getting a Tax Write Off for the Ads they Use to Push Drugs on Consumers * * * In case you missed it, last week, as a part of a lawsuit unfolding in Cleveland, a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) database was made public and revealed that drug companies inundated the U.S. with 76 billion highly addictive painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone from 20  more

Brown Unveils Major New Legislation to Create 'Worker Dividend,' Curb Stock Buybacks
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) will unveil new legislation to curb stock buybacks and create a 'worker dividend' to ensure workers get their fair share of the profits they help create. Brown will unveil his bill, the Stock Buyback Reform and Worker Dividend Act, at 10 AM today at the National Press Club. (Watch HERE (https://www.press.org/events/npc-headliners-newsmaker-sen-sherrod-brown-d-oh); Download Bro  more

Brown Visits Cuyahoga County Students at Summer Manufacturing Camp
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Aug. 2 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - For Seven Straight Years, Brown has Helped Organize Camps to Help Ohio Students Learn about Manufacturing This Year, Senator Hosted 34 Camps in 26 Counties * * * Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited sixth, seventh and eighth-grade campers at Max S. Hayes High School in Cleveland as they participated in the 3rd annual Cuyahoga County Summer Manufacturing Camp that Brown's office helpe  more

Brown, Warren Demand Action Following 'Damning' Blankenstein IG Report
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators Call on HUD to Fire Blanksenstein, CFPB to Dismiss Political Appointees, and IG to Investigate Dismantling of Fair Lending Office under Blankenstein Tenure Investigation Reveals Blankenstein "may have abused his authority" * * * U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) - Ranking   more

Brown, Wyden, Whitehouse Secure $3.25 Billion for Bridge Repairs in Key Senate Bill, Expected to Pass Committee This Week
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Highway Package, Expected to Pass EPW Committee This Week Includes Legislation the Senators Introduced to Provide Significant Federal Investment in Bridge Repair, Apply "Buy America" Provisions to Projects * * * U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) announced today that they secured a $3.25 billion investment for bridge repairs in the Environment and Publ  more

Cardin, Portman Move to Protect Retirement Security for American Workers
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Outdated IRS Rules to Encourage Retirement Saving a Threat to Older Workers * * * U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, today introduced the Retirement Security Preservation Act of 2019 (RSPA)--legislation to protect the retirement security of American workers in closed defined benefit plans. The bill amends and modernizes the   more

Cortez Masto Calls on Veterans Affairs to Resume Labor Negotiations
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) to urge the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie to abandon the Department's current destructive approach to ongoing negotiations with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). Despite the VA and AFGE's history of engaging in good-faith negotiations that equally bene  more

Following Capital One Privacy Breach, Brown Calls on Bank to Take Immediate Action to Help Protect Consumers
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Brown says Capital One Must Increase Transparency, Help Consumers Protect Personal Information from Further Fraud, Identity Theft Calls on Corporations to Do More to Protect Consumer Data * * * Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, called on Capital One Bank to provide protections to consumers harmed by the recent   more

GAO Issues Report on Cybersecurity
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on federal agencies' cybersecurity risk management programs. The report (GAO-19-384) is titled "Cybersecurity: Agencies Need to Fully Establish Risk Management Programs and Address Challenges". The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the Hou  more

GAO Issues Report on Federal Information Security
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on federal agencies' information security policies and practices. The report (GAO-19-545) is titled "Federal Information Security: Agencies and OMB Need to Strengthen Policies and Practices". The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman, and  more

GAO Issues Report on Federal Rulemaking
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which selected agencies clearly communicate their practices associated with identity information. The report (GAO-19-483) is titled "Federal Rulemaking: Selected Agencies Should Clearly Communicate Practices Associated with Identity Information in the Public Comment Process". The report was sent to Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, chairman, Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, ranking member of the Senate Homel  more

GAO Issues Report on Medicaid
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments to hospitals. The report (GAO-19-603) is titled "Medicaid: States' Use and Distribution of Supplemental Payments to Hospitals". The report was sent to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on July 19. Here are excerpts of summaries associa  more

GAO Issues Report on Nutrition Education
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which Department of Agriculture has information on participation, expenditures and effectiveness for its nutrition education programs. The report (GAO-19-572) is titled "Nutrition Education: USDA Actions Needed to Assess Effectiveness, Coordinate Programs, and Leverage Expertise". The report was sent to Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Connecticut, chairwoman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on Labor, H  more

GAO Issues Report on Wireless Internet
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on wireless internet access for school-age children in lower-income households. The report (GAO-19-564) is titled "Wireless Internet: FCC Should Assess Making Off-School-Premises Access Eligible for Additional Federal Support". The report was sent to Sen. Roger F. Wicker, R-Mississippi, chairman, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Rep. Fra  more

Hirono, Senate Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Help Small Businesses Become ADA Compliant
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, issued the following news release: Last week, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced legislation that would provide business owners financial assistance to renovate their businesses to become compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and accessible f  more

In Columbus, Portman Participates in Roundtable Highlighting Economic Benefits of Opportunity Zones
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 2 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Portman Fought for New Opportunity Zones Tax Incentive in Tax Reform to Encourage Investment and Job Creation in Low-Income Communities * * * Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) participated in a roundtable highlighting economic benefits of Opportunity Zones hosted at Gravity, a new development in Franklinton that features apartments, offices, restaurants and event space. In addition, members of  more

On Bloomberg, Portman Discusses His Support for USMCA: 'Putting It Off Until Next Year Makes No Sense'
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following information: In an interview with Bloomberg's Daybreak Americas this morning, Senator Portman highlighted the importance of passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement this year in order to strengthen our economy and support Ohio's farmers and manufacturers. He also discussed the ongoing U.S.-China trade discussions and the need to hold the country accountable for violating international trade laws. Excerpts of hi  more

On Senate Floor, Portman Urges Colleagues to Pass Bipartisan Restore Our Parks Act
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: On the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) discussed the Restore Our Parks Act, bipartisan legislation he authored with Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Angus King (I-ME) that would help address more than half of the nearly $12 billion backlog of long-delayed maintenance projects at the National Park Service. The bill will do so by establishing the "National Park Service Leg  more

Portman Op-Ed in the Cincinnati Enquirer: 'I'm Committed to Bipartisan Solution to Border Crisis'
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: The southern border of the United States continues to experience an unprecedented crisis of immigration. Each day, thousands of migrants and asylum seekers from Central America surrender to Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents or attempt to cross the border illegally, and many bring children along on the long and arduous journey. This has made it difficult for CBP to fulfill its other missions, including stopp  more

Portman, Brown Introduce Extension of Health Coverage Tax Credit
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Health Coverage Tax Credit is Critically Important for Thousands of Hardworking Delphi Retirees in Ohio * * * Yesterday, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced legislation that will extend for five years the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) for retirees who lost their health care coverage -- in addition to their pensions and other benefits -- when their employers either e  more

Portman, Cardin Move to Protect Retirement Security for American Workers
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Unworkable IRS Rules a Threat to More Than 450,000 Longer-Serving Employees in Defined Benefit Plans * * * U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced the Retirement Security Preservation Act of 2019 (RSPA) -- common-sense legislation to protect the retirement security of American workers in closed defined benefit plans. The bill amen  more

Portman, Isakson, Scott Urge USTR to Tailor China Tariffs to Help American Manufacturing
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Tim Scott (R-SC) sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today urging him to remove proposed tariffs on 96 products because of the harmful impact it will have on U.S. importers, manufacturing, and the economy. These same tariffs were removed from the list during the last supplemental trade action proposed by the administration. "L  more

Portman, Warner Reintroduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Streamline ACA Employer Reporting Requirements
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill Will Modernize Transmission Reporting System and Safeguard Personal Information * * * U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Mark R. Warner (D-VA) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to improve burdensome employer reporting requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Commonsense Reporting Act of 2019 would streamline and modernize ACA reporting requirements, ensuring  more

Rep. Beatty Recognizes Service of Congressional Research Service Specialist Schneider
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on July 24, recognizing the service of Judy Schneider, specialist at the Congressional Research Service: I rise today to recognize Judy Schneider on the occasion of her retirement. Throughout her time on the Hill, Judy served as an unparalleled testament to bipartisanship, hard work, and public service. There is no one more deserving of being recognized for a lifetime   more

Rep. Chabot Issues Statement on Job, Wage Growth
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Small Business Committee, issued the following statement after the Labor Department announced that nonfarm employment rose by 164,000 in July and hourly earnings increased by 3.2 percent over the past 12 months: In addition, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) reported that 32 percent of small business owners reported raising wages, an increase of 4 percent from June. "I'm pleased to see   more

Rep. Fudge Co-Introduces the Jumpstart on College Act
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: This week, Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) joined Reps. Espaillat (NY-13), Dan Kildee (MI-05), Jhana Hayes (CT-05), Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08), and along with Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) to introduce the Jumpstart on College Act. The bill will improve student access to college, increase affordability, and lead to higher degree completion rates by expanding dual enrollment and early college high school programs  more

Rep. Jordan: Oversight Republicans Request Briefing Following Capital One Data Breach
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Reform; Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Government Operations; and Congressman Michael Cloud (R-TX), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, sent letters to Capital One and Amazon r  more

Rep. Latta Recognizes International Self-Care Day
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- Rep. Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on July 24, recognizing International Self-Care Day: July 24th is recognized as "International Self-Care Day" to bring attention to the importance of advancing public health through effective and safe self-care. Over-the-counter (OTC) products from cold medicines to cures for headaches, play a key role in consumer self-care which is evident by widespread use in near  more

Rep. Latta: Williams and Fulton Counties Included in USDA Disaster Declaration
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Rep. Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a second disaster declaration after excessive rainfall disrupted planting in Ohio and the Midwest. This new declaration now includes Williams and Fulton Counties, which were left off the initial declaration due to the USDA requiring additional time to review their application and data. Like the first one, this disaster declaration will allow for additi  more

Rep. Ryan Issues Statement on Location for Youngstown VA Outpatient Clinic
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following statement regarding the location for the Youngstown VA Outpatient Clinic, which will enhance the ability to provide primary, mental health and specialty services to more than 10,500 Veterans: "I'm incredibly excited about the new location for our VA Clinic. "More than 10,000 veterans rely on the Youngstown Clinic for primary and mental health services, and this move will enhance and expand the VA's ability to provide them with   more

Rep. Stivers Issues Op-Ed on Standing Up for Women in Military
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, issued the following op-ed on standing up for women in military: For over three decades, I have served alongside incredibly brave women in the Ohio Army National Guard who continue to put their lives on the line for our country. However, these women should not needlessly put their health on the line when we can prevent it. The number of women joining the military continues to increase; it is estimated that there will be over two million female  more

Sen. Brown Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Expedite Social Security Benefits for Terminally Ill
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill Would Expedite Payments by Eliminating Five-Month Waiting Period * * * U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and John Barrasso (R-WY) introduced bipartisan legislation last week to expedite the payment of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits to individuals with terminal illnesses by eliminating the current five-month waiting period. The Expedited Disability Insurance Payments for   more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement at Hearing on Regulatory Frameworks for Digital Currencies, Blockchain
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following opening statement at a hearing entitled "Examining Regulatory Frameworks for Digital Currencies and Blockchain": "Thank you Chairman Crapo, and welcome to our witnesses. "At this committee's hearing earlier this month, many of us of both parties voiced serious concerns about Facebook's plan to run its own currency out of a Swiss bank account. "And  more

Sen. Brown Slams Latest Voter Purge in Ohio
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Secretary of State Frank LaRose Announced Today that His Office is Preparing to Purge Thousands More Ohioans from Voter Rolls in September * * * Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) slammed the announcement that the Ohio Secretary of State's office is making preparations to once again purge thousands of Ohioans off the voter rolls this September. This latest effort could purge more than 200,000   more

Sen. Brown Urges Agency to Medicare, Medicaid Make Life-Saving Colorectal Cancer Screenings More Accessible to Seniors
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Proposed Rule Falls Short of Necessary Measures to Protect Seniors from Unexpected Bills after Colonoscopies * * * Today, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to take the necessary steps to protect seniors from unexpected, out-of-pocket costs following preventive colonoscopies as the Agency considers its annual rule changes. Currently, Medicare char  more

Sen. Brown: Senators Secure $3.25 Billion to Create New Bridge Repair Grants in Highway Package Passed Out of Key Committee
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill Passed by EPW Committee Today Includes 'Bridge Investment Act' Introduced by Brown, Inhofe, Wyden, Wicker, Whitehouse, Capito, Van Hollen, Portman and Markey to Provide Significant Federal Investment in Bridge Repair, Apply "Buy America" Provisions to Projects * * * U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Shelley M  more

Sen. Portman Issues Statement on Bipartisan Budget Agreement
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following statement after voting for the bipartisan budget agreement, which is ready to be signed into law by President Trump: "It was important that the budget agreement that President Trump and Congressional Republicans and Democrats negotiated passed today because the alternative - a government shutdown or a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) - was far worse. Among other things, a shutdown or short-term CR would result in substant  more

Senate Committee Passes Brown, Portman Bill With Funding That Could Help Repair Nationally-Significant Bridges
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Brown and Portman's Bill Could Also Provide Funding for Regionally-Important Bridges Like Western Hills Viaduct * * * Today, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed a highway package that includes U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman's (R-OH) Bridge Investment Act, which establishes a competitive grant program to assist the repair and replacement of deficient and outda  more

Senate Committee Passes Portman, Brown Bill That Could Help Repair Nationally-Significant Bridges, Such as Brent Spence Bridge
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Portman and Brown's Bill Could Also Provide Funding for Regionally-Important Bridges Like Western Hills Viaduct * * * Today, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee passed a highway package that includes U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown's (D-OH) Bridge Investment Act, which establishes a competitive grant program to assist the repair and replacement of deficient and o  more

Senate Passes Brown, Portman Resolution Marking 50 Years of Environmental Progress Since Cuyahoga River Fire
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Last night, the Senate passed U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman's (R-OH) bipartisan resolution marking 50 years of environmental progress since the last time the Cuyahoga River caught on fire on June 22, 1969. The Senate resolution describes how the fire spurred important federal environmental action, including passage of the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act. Brown and Portman's resoluti  more

Senate Passes Portman, Brown Resolution Marking 50 Years of Environmental Progress Since Cuyahoga River Fire
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Last night, the Senate passed the bipartisan resolution written by U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) marking 50 years of environmental progress since the last time the Cuyahoga River caught on fire on June 22, 1969. The Senate resolution describes how the fire spurred important federal environmental action, including passage of the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act. Portman and Brown  more

Waters and Brown Call on Regulators to Protect Taxpayers and Stability of the Financial System
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Yesterday, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, sent a letter to Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Jelena McWilliams, Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC); and Joseph Otting,   more